The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man suspected of trying to lure a 12-year-old girl into his truck Monday near Watsonville. The girl called sheriff’s deputies at 9:40 a.m. to report that a strange man driving a black truck had repeatedly offered her a ride even after she had refused, deputies said.
The 12-year-old had been walking near Buena Vista Drive and Calabasas Road just north of the Watsonville Municipal Airport in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, deputies said. The man driving the black truck halted at a stop sign and asked her if she wanted to get in, but the girl said she did not want a ride, deputies said.
The driver drove away but immediately turned around and returned and asked to give her a ride and again she refused, deputies said. The man finally drove away and the girl went to report the incident, deputies said. The minor described the driver as dark-skinned, aged 20 to 30 years with curly, short and dark hair, deputies said.
Deputies are also looking for a suspect in a similar incident on June 17 when a 13-year-old girl reported that a male driver had followed her and honked his horn numerous times at her in unincorporated Santa Cruz just west of Capitola.
The girl said she was walking on Capitola Road near an elementary school when the driver of a car started following her, parked at a gas station and then continued to trail her for about a half mile before driving away, deputies said. Investigators believe the two incidents are not related and involve different suspects, sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Dimick said.
The suspect in that event was described as a Hispanic male adult, 30 to 38 years old with acne scars on his face and driving a silver-colored car, deputies said. The sheriff’s office is urging anyone with information about these incidents to call sheriff’s dispatch at (831) 471-1121.
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